We Demand Immediate Release Of Kurama Chief With Unreserved Apology, Kaduna Youth Group Tells El-Rufai

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Tom Garba

A Youth group in Kaduna State under the auspices of “Akurmi Young professional” is calling on the Kaduna state Governor, Mallam Nasir El-rufai to as a matter of urgency to release the chief of Kurama Chiefdom who was arrested and detained for blatant reasons.

In a press statement issued to Journalists and signed by its members, they stressed that the paramount ruler of Akurmi (Kurama) Land, Dr Ishaku Damina has been a peaceful Man, a virtue which was seen in him made the Ahmed Makarfi led administration to turbaned him B’gwam Kurmi 2 after the demise of the first chief in other to lead his Kurama who are known to be peace loving people.

According to the group the arrest is unwarranted as there are no basis as to why it was done so, raising poignant questions to the good behavior of the Chief to stampede the behavior of unrepentant criminals and people with questionable characters within his domain.

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“Is it a crime to facilitate the arrest and handover a wanted criminal to a task force set by the government? Or is it because the criminal is a Fulani man? Has it become a crime for a traditional ruler to work closely with security agencies in curbing kidnapping in his domain? Is the persecution an on-going ploy to give a dog a bad name to hang it, because of his insistence on our cultural affinity with the southern Kaduna and middle-belt indigenous nation? Is there a ploy to replace our Chief because of his patriotism in protecting our lands, culture, tradition and history? This and more questions beg for answers, and the government is on the best position to answer these questions.” The statement reads

“The Akurmi nation and others within his domain have enjoyed enduring peace and stability. His peace-building capacity has been on display in amicably preventing, managing and resolving disputes. In his track-record as a professional and traditional ruler, portray him as a law-abiding and peace-loving man.”

The statement states thus: “It beats our imagination that an ambassador of peace with a clean record will be charged for criminal conspiracy, assault and abduction by the Kaduna State Government. Ladies and gentlemen, how can a man who complemented the effort of the government in curbing insecurity by facilitating the arrest of the most wanted kidnapper in Kaduna and Kano, be accused of criminal conspiracy, assault and abduction?”

They further state that for the sake of peace and unity there shall be an unconditional release of their paramount ruler, HRH Dr. Ishaku S. Damina in line with his fundamental human rights. And calling on the government to give an unreserved apology to both their chief and the Akurmi nation for desecrating their traditional institution in total contradiction of the United Nations Declaration on the Right of the Indigenous People (UNDRIPS, 2007).

“We hereby call on all to be law abiding and allow peace of love to reign in Akurmi land, reminding our people to remain calm and should not take the laws into their hands, as we will take all lawful approach to address the issue. We understand that the matter is presently in court, we therefore call on the judiciary as the last hope of the common man to ensure the trial of our dear chief is free and fair.” They said

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